• Brian posted an update in the group HGD Community 2 days, 19 hours ago

    Looks like stalking birds is encouraged in parts of Europe. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvoGMYDAMjQ&feature=share

    • Hello Brian,

      That slow movement is pretty to watch but is not what we’re looking for. If you watch closely, you’ll see that the dogs were told (with obedience commands), when to move, the honoring dog stole the point (moved forward past the dog that established point), and in the end, they both broke, flushed and chased the birds. Those dogs had…[Read more]

  • Brad Higgins posted an update in the group HGD Community 1 week, 2 days ago


    Had a couple of the black pointers in the field today. They’re putting it together. Handling well, good pace and drive. The collars you see them wearing are for tracking. No e-collars are used.

    Here is a great quote from a book about the origins and history of the Pointer.

    “The chief glory of the sport is to shoot…[Read more]

  • Kepa posted an update in the group HGD Community 1 week, 4 days ago

    Kepa (HGD)
    The Higgins method is unique, in that we allow the dog to flush the bird on our verbal cue, (flushing before the cue is not allowed) , followed by a stop to flush,(chasing after the flush is not allowed). Here are a couple of videos of Kepa demonstrating the Higgins Method flush/stop strategy on wild Valley Quail. Wow, what a beautiful…[Read more]

  • tomdi posted an update in the group HGD Community 2 weeks, 1 day ago

    Tom can not be happier hunting with my Britts Percy and Ruger, that were trained by me using the Higgins method. I love when I am hunting on state lands, which is all we have in NJ and you might think that everyone hunting has named their dog “whoa” because that is all you here. I hunt my dogs with a tracking collar in very high grassed fields and…[Read more]

    • Hey Tom,

      Great post. Here is how I explain the difference between creeping and stalking. Creeping is moving toward the bird with the intent to catch or flush the bird and chase. With our Higgins Gundogs, stalking (managing) is moving toward the bird with the intent to get in a position to flush it when asked. To get as close as the bird will…[Read more]

  • Brad Higgins posted an update in the group HGD Community 2 weeks, 4 days ago

    Here are a couple of young Griffon pups, Fox and Griffonpoint Y Lucy, learning that the sound of gunfire is a good thing. I help them with this by associating the noise to the best thing in the world, a bird in their mouths. The primary way predators learn, dogs included, is by association. Associations can be based…[Read more]

  • tomdi posted an update in the group HGD Community 2 weeks, 5 days ago

    Hi Brad. Because you have taught me to think outside the box and to try to look at things from the dog’s perspective I have would like your thoughts on this. My Brittany is as steady as can be when on point. If we flush a bird and it isn’t killed and we decide to go after it my dog will almost always find it and hold point till we catch up and…[Read more]

    • Hello Tom,

      Yes I believe dogs can tell if a bird is wounded. More than that, I believe that dogs can tell by scent, one bird from another. If they’re stalking a covey, they can follow a specific bird. To prove it, try this. Next time you shoot a bird your dog has stalked and pointed, keep him there, go out and retrieve the bird back to him. On…[Read more]

  • Brad Higgins posted an update in the group HGD Community 3 weeks, 3 days ago

    This video shows Ben and Leslie’s dog Katie during a recent training hunt. Ben is the shooter and Leslie is handling. I’m the one barking orders as usual. Katie handles the bird well and does a beautiful “flush/stop” on Leslie’s cue. And yes, Ben killed the bird.

  • Brian posted an update in the group HGD Community 3 weeks, 4 days ago

    Hi Brad. I am having a ton of fun working with my 3 month old griffon pup, but I could use some help claiming space. Do you have a good video on that?

    • Hello Brian,

      I’m putting together a video about claiming space. Should have it posted by first of the week. Keep in touch.

  • Steve Bills posted an update in the group HGD Community 4 weeks ago

    looking forward to getting a pointer to hunt upland birds. I really like the Higgins approach. I worked with Brad a number of years ago in Calif and hope to in the near future

  • Kepa posted an update in the group HGD Community 1 month ago

    Kepa (HGD)
    Here is a video of Kepa doing the Higgins Method Flush Stop Cue on wild Valley Quail.The Higgins method is the only one that allows the dog to flush birds on cue, followed by a stop to flush,and no chasing allowed.The transition has been a little tough for Kepa, due to he was originally trained by Brad, where i would go out front to…[Read more]

  • Brad Higgins posted an update in the group HGD Community 1 month ago

    Here is one of our black pointer pups learning my flush/stop cue. You’ll see in the video, when she gets in a birdy area and begins to stalk, I physically connect her to me via a clamp on my vest to the checkcord. I do this in part, because I am not only the handler, but also the shooter. I need to help her understand that steadiness is n…[Read more]

  • Jason posted an update in the group HGD Community 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    Mr. Higgins,

    Just wanted to say hi and thanks. I’m new to upland hunting. This was my first season. I’m getting a dog around March/April time frame. I’ve been doing lots of reading and research over the past year about training. None of it made a ton of sense to me until I came across your site yesterday. I’m in Sacramento area, do you still d…[Read more]

    • Hello Jason. I do all of my training in Yerington Nevada. Only about 4 hours away. Keep in touch. When you’re about to get your new pup, give me a call. I have a lot of information about starting a pup out right. Keep in touch here too. We’ll have some good conversations I’m sure.

      • Thanks. I’m excited about getting my pup and learning all I can. I will definitely stay in touch.

  • tomdi posted an update in the group HGD Community 1 month, 3 weeks ago

    Just wanted to take a minute to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy Holiday and safe and healthy New Year. Please take a minute and say a prayer for our troops that might not be as fortunate as us to be spending this holiday with their families.
    Tomdi

  • Mic Cutler posted an update in the group HGD Community 2 months ago

    Are pigeons good game bird substitutes for chukar for training purposes? I have noticed less intensity from Hunt experience d gun dogs. Is this a common problem? Is it something that should be avoided?

    • Hello Mic,

      No, pigeons are useless. To create a good predator, natural acting prey is a necessity. Case closed. You need to use the best, wild acting birds available and set up natural scenarios. Dogs need to see the training not as “training” but as hunting. Yardwork, launchers, pigeons, whoa barrels, e-collars, whistles, voice commands, hand…[Read more]

      • Great info , Brad. It was my guess but I wanted to confirm it with you. Do you sell chukar and quail? What is the cost per bird? Quantity? Thanks again!

        Mic

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